Bradgate Park

Wildlife Highlights

Birdlife is profuse - the reservoir attracts many species of wildfowl, as does the river, and the spinneys provide secluded nesting areas for many other species, including large colonies of rooks and jackdaws. Species such as yellowhammer, reed bunting, skylark and meadow pipit are a common sight in the open areas of the park. Deadly nightshade is allowed to grow within the ruins of Bradgate House, having been originally established there during World War II by Leicester Polytechnic's School of Pharmacy for medicinal purposes.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 631


Bradgate Park is Leicestershire’s most popular park. Located in Charnwood Forest just northwest of Leicester it covers 850 acres (3 km²). The River Lin runs through it, flowing into Cropston Reservoir which was constructed on part of the park. To the north-east lies Swithland Wood. The park's two well known landmarks, Old John and the war memorial, both lie close to the 200m contour. The landscape is rocky moorland with a covering of coarse grass and bracken. Several spinneys of woodland (pine and mixed deciduous) are enclosed by stone walls, and are not accessible to the public. There are a number of magnificent specimens of ancient oaks several hundreds of years old. The park is home to herds of red deer and fallow deer.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Little EgretEgretta garzetta12/02/2018Annie Smith
JackdawCorvus monedula07/02/2018Steve Mathers
Black BulgarBulgaria inquinans04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Black Witches ButterExidia glandulosa04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Oak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Silverleaf FungusChondrostereum purpureum04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Coal TitPeriparus ater04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Cladonia coccifera agg.04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Rock TripeLasallia pustulata04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Xanthoparmelia conspersa04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Yellow BrainTremella mesenterica04/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
RavenCorvus corax30/01/2018Alan Semper
GorseUlex europaeus30/01/2018Alan Semper
Fallow DeerDama dama25/01/2018egaten
Getting There

The park lies between the villages of Newtown Linford, Anstey, Cropston, Woodhouse Eaves and Swithland. There are pay car parks at Cropston Reservoir, Newtown Linford, and Hunts Hill (at the top of the park near Old John). The park is open from dawn until dusk all year round, though the public footpaths which run through the area mean that in practice the park is always accessible. There is a visitors' centre (with cafe) at Newtown Linford, and another in the centre of the park named the Deer Barn near Bradgate House. It is also possible to travel to the park by bus with routes from both Leicester and Loughborough.

Managed By
The Bradgate Park Trust

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.10/10/2017
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria10/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena humilis15/07/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsGirdled Mining BeeAndrena labiata26/05/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena ovatula06/06/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix19/09/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari04/02/2018
Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis19/09/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida01/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris20/05/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca12/07/2011
Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus01/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis10/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum10/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro19/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris07/10/2013
BeetlesAmpedus balteatus20/06/2010
BeetlesOak Leaf-rollerAttelabus nitens23/07/2017
BeetlesCantharis cryptica20/05/2016
BeetlesCantharis livida20/05/2016
BeetlesCantharis nigra10/07/2013
BeetlesCarabus problematicus20/10/2016
BeetlesGreen Tiger BeetleCicindela campestris03/06/2017
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata10/08/2017
BeetlesDonacia semicuprea01/06/2014
BeetlesLesser Stag BeetleDorcus parallelipipedus15/06/2014
BeetlesGeotrupes spiniger10/08/2017
BeetlesGeotrupes stercorarius18/09/2013
BeetlesWelsh ChaferHoplia philanthus04/07/2008
BeetlesMycetophagus piceus21/09/2013